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Writing and Selling Middle Grade Fiction – AUG 14 Webinar With Jennifer Laughran

jlaughran-2012-photoWriting a Middle Grade novel can be fun, but writing a sellable Middle Grade novel can be a bit more challenging. Knowing the market is just as important as coming up with an great idea and writing an amazing novel. This webinar is here to help you do both of those things and more.

In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Writing and Selling Middle Grade Fiction” —  instructor and literary agent Jennifer Laughran will talk about what’s happening in the exciting Middle Grade market, as well as examine some recently published titles to see what they got right. She’ll also talk revision tips and tricks to help you take your work-in-progress to the next level — she’ll also critique either your query letter or the first 500 pages of your MG novel. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, August 14, 2014, and lasts 90 minutes.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • U9476What’s selling in Middle Grade… and what just isn’t.
  • The all-important “Hook”, and what “High Concept” looks like
  • Finding the elusive Middle Grade Voice
  • Common mistakes of Middle Grade submissions
  • Overused beginnings and clichés that can drag down a work
  • How to polish your work and stand out from the slush pile
  • What “core curriculum” guidelines for schools might mean for your book

INSTRUCTOR

Jennifer Laughran is a senior agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, the oldest children’s-only agency in the US. Before she joined the agency in 2008, she spent about a decade as a children’s book buyer and event coordinator for various successful bookstores. Her many years of experience in the children’s book field have made her one of the top kid’s book agents working today. She reps picture books through YA, but has a particular love for Middle Grade novels — the warmer and funnier the better. Clients include Daniel Pinkwater, Kate Messner, Jo Whittemore, Linda Urban, and many debut authors whose names you’ll know soon!

ABOUT THE CRITIQUE

All registrants are invited to submit EITHER the query letter OR the first 500 words of their complete / work-in-progress middle grade novel for critique. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by literary agent Jennifer Laughran. Jennifer reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event, if she deems the writing excellent.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Writers currently writing or querying a middle grade novel
  • Published or unpublished authors considering making the jump to middle grade fiction writing
  • Writers who have been rejected by agents and editors, and want to evaluate why their novel didn’t make the cut
  • Writers who want a professional critique by a literary agent

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